February 21, 2024


Safe Travel USA

Pair fined after travelling to Coventry to buy water and washing detergent

Two people who travelled 50 miles to Coventry to go shopping at Costco have been fined by police.

The pair, who also did not live together in the same household. were stopped in the city centre by cops.

They found they had travelled all the way from Milton Keynes to go shopping at the discount store.

When asked what they had bought, they revealed their shopping list was water and shopping detergent.

Current coronavirus restrictions mean people should not make unnecessary journeys, with travel only permitted for essential trips such as food shopping, medical treatment or work.

Despite Costco being open as an essential store, the pair did not have a reasonable excuse to travel outside of their area.

A tweet from Coventry City Centre Police said: “Motorist stopped in the city centre having driven to #coventry from Milton Keynes to shop at Costco for water and washing detergent.

“Non essential journey and passenger not from his household. Both issued fines of £200.”

It isn’t the first time people from outside the city have made unnecessary journeys to the city.

Last week two people from Birmingham travelled to Coventry just for a takeaway and last month a man drove from from Exeter on the south coast to Coventry for a kebab before crashing on the M5 with his wife and kids in the car.

Other Covid rule breaking stories have seen a man fined for cutting hair from his van in Warwick and a businessman driving over 100 miles to see about setting up a new business.

There was also a group fined who had travelled from Coventry to a Dorset beauty spot.